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Posted on November 3, 2010


twitpicHalloween specials have been popping up in the dance world,


with the participants of “Strictly Come Dancing” dressed as zombies, vamps and devils. Miami City Ballet found a new and terrifying way of marking Halloween:

@MiamiCityBallet: New blog post: Beware… scary images on the blog. Happy Halloween!

The pictures really are scary: they’re not monsters, they’re what happens to dancers’ feet after a lot of hard work. Yikes!


The Royal Ballet’s dancers pointed out more of dance’s physical demands.

Bennet Gartside has been reading about Formula One racing:

@Bennet76: Read an article in #esquire mag about #f1 drivers! They lose 3 kilos in a 90 min race! I lose 2 kilo in an 11 min number! Beat that Hamilton

Federico Bonelli’s comment is more serious:

@federicouk: Just finished rehearsing Sylvia. Still struggling a bit with my injury… I wish it would be easier, but I’ll keep working…


Gary Avis is also dancing in Ashton’s Sylvia, and looking forward to playing the baddie Orion. Though he admits:

@balletboy09: Orion’s moustache… attractive! haha 🙂

You can see the moustache, and Avis, in action in Elliott Franks’ picture:


Also at The Royal Ballet, Lauren Cuthbertson has enjoyed dancing La Valse:

@LondonBallerina: I love that piece. I feel like its my shot at being in a black and white movie!!!


The Ballet Association has a new podcast:

@BalletAssoc: ROH October podcast: Itziar Mendizabal, Sarah Lamb, Nehemiah Kish talk about coming into the Royal Ballet from outside.


Wayne McGregor’s Random dance are hard at work on his new work, FAR:

@WayneMcGregor: We’ve moved to Laban for final FAR technicals! Only a couple of weeks away now…


The Ballet Bag has travelled to Paris to see the Maryinsky in The Little Humpbacked Horse, with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and music by Rodion Schedrin, conducted by Valery Gergiev:

@In short, the #ballet should be called “Little Humpacked Horse Made of Awesome”. Schedrin was like a proud parent, came onstage w/Gergiev!

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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